Jammu & Kashmir

SC verdict on Article 370: Under house arrest, say Omar, Mehbooba; LG Sinha denies

Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti on Monday claimed they were put under house arrest ahead of the Supreme Court’s verdict on a batch of petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution that conferred a special status on Jammu and Kashmir.

However, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and the police said no one was put under house arrest or arrested.

“Even before the Supreme Court judgement is pronounced, police have sealed the doors of the residence of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and put her under illegal house arrest,” the PDP said in a post on X.

The party claimed the PDP officer near Sher-e-Kashmir Park here was also sealed by the police.

A National Conference (NC) leader said the main gate of the party president Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah’s residence was locked by the police in the morning.

“Omar Abdullah has been locked up in his house. Democracy?” NC’s additional state spokesperson Sara Hayat Shah said in a post on X. She also posted pictures of the locked gate of the Abdullah residence on the microblogging platform.

Police did not allow journalists to gather near the residence at Gupkar here, officials told news agency PTI.

A posse of police personnel was deployed at the entry point of Gupkar Road and journalists were not allowed anywhere near the residence of the NC leaders, the report said.

Omar Abdullah lives with his father after he vacated his official residence in October 2020.

While Farooq Abdullah, who is a Member of Parliament from Srinagar, is in Delhi for the ongoing Parliament session, his son is in the valley.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said the news of house arrest or arrest of anyone ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on Article 370 is “totally baseless”.

Police also said no person was under house arrest. No person has been put under house arrest, Srinagar Police said in a post on X.

However, responding to the LG’s statement, Omar Abdullah said either the LG was being dishonest or the police were acting independently of him.

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